Question: What’s cooler than a pair of light wash, flawlessly distressed jeans that fit like a glove and go with everything in your fall wardrobe? Answer? Nothing. MC recently received a pair of American Eagle Outfitters Sky High Jeggings from the AE vintage collection, and… well, she hasn’t taken them off ever since. These jeans are AE’s newest fit (and their highest rise, which we love), designed to look like a pair of well-worn vintage jeans, with all the comfort of a denim legging.
For me, these are the ultimate fall jeans. The sitting-in-coffee-shops, lattes-and-laptops, cozy-on-a-cool day jeans. I’ll be wearing them with my favorite oversize sweaters as often as with my tailored fall jackets. There’s enough distressed action happening above the knee for them to look awesome with knee-high boots, too.
The high rise is exactly where I want it, and the ankles taper in perfectly. One pet peeve of mine is having too much fabric at the hem (which a bit of Denim Therapy’s hemming and tailoring can take care of), but I love when I try on a pair of jeans and this issue is pre-solved for me.
Leave it to Japan’s denim masters to come up with a massively inventive, super cool new way to get your jeans distressed. Throw ‘em in the lion’s den! Sound extreme? Kamine Zoo in Japan let the wildlife do their thing with jeans this summer. Whatever was left of the denim was sewn together into new pairs (because let’s face it, these wild cats are not just strategically distressing the knees). This was all part of a fundraising effort to raise money for the World Wildlife Foundation and the zoo itself. Cool, huh?
See the finished jeans below:
Of course, you’re welcome to go toss your jeans in with the animals at the local zoo. Just don’t expect anyone else to go fetch them for you.
See the full story here and more photos of the distressing process here.
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No lie, we love clean cut skinny jeans and crisp, tailored raw denim… but when it comes to summer living in NYC, we’re always down for a little extra AC in the jeans department. Distressed denim adds edge to any look, whether in light wash boyfriend style or in a punk-inspired black skinny cut. Here are some our favorite pairs of distressed jeans this summer.
Below: 1. Citizens of Humanity Emerson Jeans 2. Joe’s Jeans Slouched Slim Jean 3. Rag & Bone/JEAN Ripped Skinny Jeans
Below: 4. One Teaspoon Mustang Awesome Baggie Jeans 5. FRAME Le Color Rip Skinny Jeans 6. NSF Beck Jeans
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We may fix jeans better than anyone, but we also love a well placed hole when it comes to wearing destroyed denim. From shorts to boyfriend jeans and overalls, here are 6 of our favorite ways to wear them.
1. Wear them boyfriend style: Madewell Destroyed Boy Jeans 2. Wear them as overalls: Current/Elliott The Shortalls 3. Wear them as cut-off shorts: Joe’s Jeans High Rise Cutoff Shorts
4. Wear them skinny: Genetic James Zipper Skinny Jeans 5. Wear them in white: Paige Denim Jimmy Jimmy Cropped Jeans 6. Wear them with drama: Siwy Hannah Distressed Skinny Jeans
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Emma Roberts was recently spotted in a pair of Paige Skyline Ankle Peg jeans in Whitley, sporting minor distressing that brought together her casual-cool look. She paired the jeans with ever-coveted Charlotte Olympia flats and a vintage Rolling Stones sleeveless tee. Looks like she has the rockstar-off-duty look on lock! Grab a pair of Skyline Ankle Peg Skinny Jeans and get her look.
Image of Emma via Denim Blog.
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Take a hint from the guys this spring and don a pair of boyfriend jeans. Easy to pair with a casual tank or a crisp dress shirt, you can rock this style just about anywhere. A pair of heeled sneakers or wedge sandals, even stilettos, will cap off your look. This, friends, is the only time we’re advocate low rise.
1. Current/Elliott The Boyfriend cropped low-rise jeans 2. Gucci Striped grosgrain-trimmed boyfriend jeans 3. Acne Studios Pop Vintage boyfriend jeans
4. Rag & bone Distressed cropped boyfriend jeans 5. Paige Tyler distressed low-rise boyfriend jeans 6. Paige Jimmy Jimmy distressed cropped slim boyfriend jeans
Which pair is your favorite?
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Boyfriend jeans are becoming as timeless as the skinny (which isn’t going anywhere, ladies). Each season presents a chance to reinvent the style in a fresh new way, and since they look especially cute while cuffed, spring is prime time for a review. Below, see three of our favorite ways to wear this staple. For our boyfriend jeans, we selected boyfriend jeans from Frame Denim, Acne Studios, and Current/Elliott.
Look 1: Cool & Modern
Below: 1. Half Kitten Cat Eye Sunglasses 2. Topshop Viscose Slubby Tee 3. Frame Denim Le Garcon mid-rise slim boyfriend jeans 4. Rated Cut Out Sandals 5. ASOS Leather Organiser Clutch Bag With Metal Corners
Look 2: Pretty & Feminine
Below: 1. Acne Studios Pop Trash cropped distressed boyfriend jeans 2. Chelsea Flower Silk-chiffon top 3. Michael by Michael Kors Tweed Jacket 4. Jeffrey Campbell Giula Platform Sandal
Look 3: Boho-chic
Below: 1. ASOS Crystal Long Pendant Necklace 2. Topshop Folk Print Tee 3. Shoe Cult Shields Up Sandal in Blush 4. Current/Elliott The Boyfriend cropped straight-leg jeans
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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Spring’s on the way (yes we’re buried in snow right now… allow us to draydream), and it’s time to start pulling together your no-fail looks for the upcoming season. This spring fashion’s brightest aren’t taking themselves too seriously, enjoying a bit of distressed denim and a quirky pair of printed jeans. This look by style blog Late Afternoon featuring the Marc by Marc Jacobs Rolled Slim polka Dot Print Jeans proves that a simple look with a punchline can make big impact.
Get the look: 1. Gold cut-out leaf motif bracelet 2. Blank Denim workshirt 3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Rolled Slim polka Dot Print Jeans 4. Bally Iwells Floral Patent Leather Platform Pump
See the full looks below:
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—Michelle Christina Larsen
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Got a cellphone with sharp edges? Or a cellphone that you’ll use for the next three years? We didn’t think so. But you don’t need either of these things if you’ve got a pair of Earnest Sewn’s expertly distressed men’s jeans. Unlike obvious “artistic” distressing you’ll see in some lines, their jeans have subtle, rugged details like a worn-in cell-in-pocket facade and a bit of ripping near the hem. Denim Therapy may be in the business of fixing holes in jeans, but we’re no less impressed when a brand creates good, authentic distressing for the sake of style.
Visit Earnest Sewn to shop men’s denim.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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When we chatted with Kuro Denim at PROJECT NY we were really impressed with the detail and thoughtfulness that we saw in each pair of the Japanese brand’s jeans. They launched with a spring 2010 line under the name Kuro (which translates to black). A blurb in their latest lookbook explains that the name Kuro was chosen because the word represents “darkness and loneliness with an image of great mystery and great strength.” Fabrics include two variations coined Nihon Menpu and Yoshikawa Orimono, and the line comes in a range of fits, from slim tapered to skinny to wide straight.
The real magic is in the detailing and wash of their jeans, our favorite of which looked like they’d been worn lovingly for many years. Artistic, yet modest and clean stitching on the back waistband and “dirty” facades created using fading, distressing, and splashes of paint are just two examples of innovative (but not over-used) approaches we were shown. Some of the jeans are made to look like the factory worker’s jeans, reinforcing the origin of denim as a utility fabric for the working class. After getting up close to the denim, we left feeling like Kuro is a pricey denim brand that delivers a product worth investing in.
We’ll definitely be keeping up with them, so stay tuned. Check out the men’s denim styling tips we picked up from them during this same visit.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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